2017 Top Online Schools for Sports Management

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1

California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania offers a Master of Science in Sport Management Studies with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration or a concentration in Sport Management, and both of these programs can be pursued online. The concentration in sport management is oriented towards professional development, management, and leadership, and the concentration in intercollegiate athletic administration focuses on students who wish to pursue careers in intercollegiate athletics. Both concentrations are offered with asynchronous courses over the internet. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Research Methods in Sports Management, Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sport, and Management and Leadership in Sport.

CAG Score 93.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,978 Students

2

Concordia University-Irvine

Concordia University Irvine offers a Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration, which can be pursued online. In this program, students will develop a professional network of colleagues, peers, and instructors throughout the nation; grow professionally with a new approach to athletic administration; develop a new philosophy of athletics, coaching, and leadership; and enhance ethical leadership as well as character development in a faith-based learning environment. This program includes courses such as Legal Aspects of Sport, Ethics and Sport, and Research Methods & Analysis.

3

Liberty University

Liberty University offers a Master of Science in Sport Management with four different concentrations: General, Outdoor Adventure Sport, Sport Administration, and Tourism. All of these concentrations may be pursued online. The program prepares students to excel within the field of the sport management industry. The Outdoor Adventure Sport concentration provides students with the opportunity to develop the adventure-based and management skills necessary for a career in outdoor recreation, the Sport Administration concentration gives students the knowledge and skills they need to develop sports organizations, and the Tourism concentration develops the marketing and management skills that are required for a successful career in the tourism industry. Students enrolled in this program will take such courses as Social Issues in Sport Management.

4

Ohio University

The College of Business at Ohio University offers a Master's in Athletic Administration as well as a Professional Master's in Sports Administration, and both of these programs can be pursued online. The Professional M.S.A. program is available entirely online, and the Master's of Athletic Administration is available online with a two to three day in-person component. The M.A.A. program was the first online program of its kind to focus on interscholastic sports, and it is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. The M.S.A. program consists of three elements: applied projects, current issues, and sports administration core. Courses in the sports administration core include courses such as Human Resource Management in Sport and Research Methods in Sports Administration.

CAG Score 94.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,217 Students

5

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University offers an international Master of Business Administration in Sport Management and a Master of Science in Sport Administration, and both of these programs can be pursued online. The Master of Science in Sport Management can be received with an Athletic Administration Graduate Certificate or with an International Sport Management Certificate. The M.B.A. in Sport Management can be completed in as little as 18 months. Both programs focus on learning opportunities with a strong core of business administration. Students enrolled in the M.S. program will take courses such as Sport and Society and Sport Marketing and Media whereas students in the M.B.A. program will take courses such as Internationalization of Sport Business and Management of Sport Organizations.

6

Canisius College

The School of Education at Canisius College offers a Master's of Sports Administration online. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to manage a wide variety of sport-related enterprises. There is an internship component that may be completed with any athletic organization in a student's area. Many graduates of this program go on to pursue careers in sport-marketing firms, as professional sports managers, in special-event management, and more. Students enrolled in the program may take such courses as Leadership in Sport, Strategic Sport Marketing, Risk Management/Contract Negotiation, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Professional Sport.

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,181 Students

7

United States Sports Academy

The U.S. Sports Academy offers a Bachelor of Sports Science, a Master of Sports Science, and a Doctor of Education in Sports Management. All of these degrees can be pursued online. The Doctor of Education in Sports Management program is 66 credit hours, and it prepares students to become private sport entrepreneurs, high school or college athletic directors, and/or college professors of sports management. The school is a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Sports Management program will take courses such as Structure and Function of the Olympic Games, Ethics in Sports, Psychology of Elite Performance, and Group Dynamics in Sports.

8

Virginia Commonwealth University

The School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a Master of Education in Sport Leadership, and this degree can be pursued online. This degree is presented in video conferences, and there are no residency requirements. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of professional and amateur sports organizations. This program is interdisciplinary, and it is 36 credit hours minimum. Students in the program will take courses such as Research Methods in Sport, Foundations of Coaching, Sport Media and Communications, and Sports Psychology.

9

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management that can be pursued online. This program focuses on topics such as governance and communication, legal considerations in sport operations, and leadership and ethics. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to work in a number of settings such as public and private agencies, schools, colleges, government, universities, and the military. Students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Health and Wellness, Survey of Economics and Finance in Sport, Governance and Communication in Sport, and Sport Marketing.

CAG Score 93.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

9,116 Students

10

Drexel University

Drexel University offers a Master of Science in Hospitality and Sport Management, which can be pursued online. The program equips students with the skills and knowledge that are required to have successful careers in the sport management field. The program takes two years to complete, and online students receive the same high quality educational experience as the on-campus students. There are four main areas of focus in the program: sport marketing, sport law, sport business, and sport media. Online students are required to participate in a summer residency, and students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Sports Industry Management, Sport Media & Technology, and Sport Information & Public Relations.

11

Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a Master of Science in Sport Management, which can both be pursued online. These programs are meant to help students to develop the skills to manage sport programs at many different levels. The bachelor's degree is a 120-credit hour program, and there are no residency requirements. The Master's degree program is meant to prepare students to effectively manage sport-related enterprises such as intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, sport-marketing firms, professional and amateur sports, and special-event management. These programs offer online students the same experience as students who attend on campus.

12

Davenport University

The Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sport Management that can be pursued online. In this program, students will develop skills in business fundamentals in addition to the legal, marketing, regulatory, and operational aspects of sports management. Students who pursue this degree online will receive the same high quality educational experience as students who pursue this degree on campus. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Legal Aspects of Sport Management, Sport Management Foundations, Sport Operations and Facilities Management, and Sport Governance and Regulation.

13

University of Northwestern Ohio

The University of Northwestern Ohio offers an Associate Degree in Sport Marketing and Management as well as a Baccalaureate Degree in Sport Marketing and Management online. The program gives students the opportunity to learn how the principles of management and marketing can apply to the sport and recreation industry. Students in this program will acquire the necessary leadership, business, and management skills to have successful sports business careers. Graduates of the program are prepared for entry-level positions in areas like communications, sales, event marketing and management, community relations, promotions, and game operations. Students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Principles of Sport Management, Managing Fitness Concepts, History of Sport in the United States, and Sport in Society.

14

Shorter University

Shorter University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sport Management as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management online. Both of these degrees offer students a specialized education focused specifically on the sports environment including career opportunities. The M.B.A. is accelerated and may be completed in 12 months. In addition to providing students with the general M.B.A. curriculum, this program gives students an opportunity to explore the business side of sports. Students enrolled in the M.B.A. program may take courses such as Business of Sport, Risk Management in Sport, and Sport Operations & Event Management.

15

Belhaven University

The School of Business at Belhaven University offers a Master of Sports Administration that can be pursued online. The goal of the program is to prepare students for successful careers in the sports and recreation industry. Online students will receive the same high quality, Christ-centered education as students who pursue this program on campus. Students are able to complete this program in two years in a series of eight-week terms. Many graduates of the program go on to pursue successful careers as athletic directors, associate directors of facilities, media relations directors, sports writers, and more. Students enrolled in the program will take courses like Current Issues and Trends in Sports Administration, Leadership and Sports Ethics, and Sports Finance and Budgeting.

16

Lasell College

Graduate & Professional Studies at Lansell College offers a Master of Science in Sport Management that can be pursued online. This degree is available in three concentrations: Sport Leadership, Sport Hospitality Management, and Sport Non-Profit Management. Lansell's M.S. in Sport Management is entirely online with no residency requirement. The online courses are taught by the same highly qualified faculty as the on campus classes, and online students are given the same services as students who pursue degrees on campus. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Current Issues in Sports, Managing Diversity in Sport Organization, and Sport Leadership to Shape the Future.

17

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University offers a Master of Science in Sport Administration that can be pursued online. The program prepares students for successful careers in sports administration in a variety of settings such as health and fitness clubs, stadiums and arenas, country clubs, and professional sport organizations. Online students are still required to participate in an internship with a professional team, a collegiate athletic organization, a conference, etc. Students enrolled in this program will take courses such as Ethical Issues in Sport, Sport Finance & Budgeting, and Sport Governance & Operations.

18

University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi offers a Master of Science in Sport Management entirely online. This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to have successful careers in the sports industry. The program is also available with an emphasis in Sport Event Security Management. Graduates of the program go on to work in business management, sports event security management, and more. The program consists of 36 credit hours, and students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Financial Management in Sport, Socio-Ethical Issues in Sport, and Sport Marketing and Public Relations.

19

Indiana State University

Indiana State University offers a Master of Science that can be pursued entirely online. The goal of the program is to provide working professionals with the opportunity to advance their career within the sports industry. The program consists of 36 credit hours, and it focuses on preparing students to enter or advance in the field of sport management while concentrating specifically on sport marketing, sport finance, the governance of sport, sport law, event and facility planning, and also management functions. There are no residency requirements in the program, and students may complete their coursework entirely online. The core content of the degree program focuses on the eight competency areas established by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

20

Concordia University-Chicago

Concordia University Chicago offers several degrees related to sports management that can be pursued online: a Master of Art in Sports Leadership, a Master of Business Administration in Sports Management, and an Ed.D/Ph.D. in Sports Leadership. The M.A. program is 33 credits in 8-week courses where students will take such courses as Economics of Sport, Essentials of Law, Sports Promotion, and Leading in Time of Change. Graduates of the M.B.A. program often go on to have successful careers in sports media, sports administration, sports marketing, etc, and graduates of the Ed.D./Ph.D. program are well prepared for leadership and management positions with professional sports teams as well as intercollegiate athletics.

21

Northampton County Area Community College

Northampton Community College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Sports Management online. The goal of this program is to prepare students for entry level positions in the field of sport or to prepare students to transfer to a four-year university to complete their bachelor's degree. NCC has a transfer agreement with DeSales University that will ensure students have a smooth transition into a bachelor's degree in sports administration. Many graduates of the program go on to become successful sales representatives, directors of sports management, sports partnerships directors, community relations coordinators, and more.

22

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University offers a Master of Sport & Athletic Administration, which can be earned entirely online. With Gonzaga's Jesuit traditions, the program provides a unique experience for both traditional and online students alike. The mission of the program is to prepare students for a successful career within the field of sport administration. Admission cycles for this program begin in the fall, and the curriculum of the program is interdisciplinary, including courses such as Sport & Athletic Promotions, Sport Media and Communication, and Sport & Athletics in Social Context. Online courses are available in a shorter 8-week semester structure, and the online program generally takes about two years to complete.

23

Wilmington University

Wilmington University offers a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management as well as a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Sports Management for students to pursue in their entirety in online courses. The B.S. degree is designed to prepare students for entry level positions within the field of sports management whereas the M.S. degree is meant to prepare students to enter or advance their positions within the field. The M.S. program consists of 36 credit hours, and students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Strategy in Organizations, Leadership Development and Change Management, Business Strategy in Sports Administration, and Sports Economics and Finance.

24

Franklin Pierce University

Franklin Pierce University offers a Master of Business Administration in Sports Management as well as a graduate certificate in Sports Management, and these programs can be pursued entirely online. The goal of the program is to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to manage effectively in a wide variety of sports-related settings. Many graduates pursue positions in intercollegiate athletics, both professional and amateur sports, and sports marketing firms. This program is meant to be an 18 - 24 month program of study, and students are able to pursue an accelerated option where they will complete their degree in as little as 12 months.

25

Concordia University-Saint Paul

Concordia University - Saint Paul offers a Master of Arts in Sport Management, which can be pursued entirely online. The program is meant to help students to achieve their academic and career goals, and it consists of 33 credit hours in 7-week courses. The program is accelerated, and many students complete the degree in as little as 18 months. In this program, students will explore concepts of marketing, law, management, and strategic planning, particularly as they relate to the field of sport management. Students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Foundations of Sports Management, Sports Marketing, Ethics & Policy in Sports Management, and Legal Aspect of Sports.

26

Jacksonville State University

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Jacksonville State University offers a Master of Science in Sport Management which can be pursued in entirely online courses. The mission of the program is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter or advance in the field of sports management. The program consists of 31 - 34 graduate semester credit hours, and there is an option for students to earn Class A teacher certification as well. The program adheres to all requirements established by The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.

27

Columbia College

Columbia College allows online students to major in sports marketing when they are earning a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. To earn the degree, students must complete 51 credits in core business administration courses as well as 18 credits in the sports management major. Sports management courses include sports finance, social media, and sports and event marketing. Electives for the major can be taken in a number of areas, including physical education and marketing. Columbia also requires students to meet general education, foreign language, and other requirements so that they earn 120 credits before completing their degree.

28

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University offers a Master of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Administration, and this program may be pursued entirely online. The goal of this program is to provide students with advanced knowledge in sport marketing, sport leadership and administration, as well as sport sales. Graduates of the program often go on to pursue a wide range of sport administration positions in high school, community college, university, amateur organizations, and professional organizations. Students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Sport Career Development, Sport Sales and Sponsorship, Legal Aspects of Kinesiology and Sport, and Sport Leadership and Administration.

29

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor offers a Master of Science in Education in Sports Administration, and the degree can be pursued entirely online. The program is 36 credit hours, and it will provide students with the necessary preparation for successful careers as athletic directors, sports marketing managers, sports information directors, and other athletic administrative roles. The degree can be completed in as little as a year, but it also allows working professionals the flexibility to work full-time and pursue an online degree. Students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Sport Psychology, Sport Marketing, Management & Leadership in Sport, and The Administration of Special Programs.

30

Finger Lakes Community College

Finger Lakes Community College offers an Associate of Science in Sports Studies that students can pursue 100 percent online. Graduates with the A.S. in Sports Studies are prepared to continue on at a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in sports management or a related field. To earn the degree, students complete general studies requirements and take lower-division courses in sports management, including courses covering tourism, sports marketing, and event management. In past years, students in the program have traveled to national sports management conferences to gain a deeper understanding of the industry.

31

Wesley College

Wesley College offers a Master of Arts in Sport Leadership that can be pursued online. The program can be completed in two years, and courses are offered in seven-week semesters. This degree is meant for working professionals within the sports industry who would like to advance their careers and fill leadership roles. The degree is available in a coaching track and a sport management track. Graduates of the program often pursue positions as recreation leaders, athletic administrators, director of leisure programs, and more. Students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Legal Aspects of Sport, Sport Leadership Organization and Administration, and Sport Leadership Communication.

32

National University

National University has an online Associate of Science in Professional Golf Management for students interested in a career in the golf industry. Students in the program take courses covering topics such as history of sport, philosophy of coaching, facilities operations, accounting and business practices, player development, and sustainable golf and turf management. The associate degree requires 90 quarter units, and students must complete general education requirements along with their major requirements. National University will accept up to 31 transfer quarter-credits for students entering this program.

33

McKendree University

The online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at McKendree University has a program in sports management designed for students with career goals such as managing a sports facility or fitness center, or working for a sports-focused business or community organization. Students take courses covering topics such as sports and health psychology, legal aspects of sports management, sports financing and budgeting, and sports facility and event management. Students also work an internship to get practical experience in applying their education to real-world problems. McKendree requires students to earn 120 credits, including general education requirements, to complete the degree. Online classes are offered in an eight-week format, and many students take two courses per eight-week term.

CAG Score 93.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,131 Students

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Midwestern State University

Midwestern State University offers a Master of Education in Sport Administration, which may be pursued by students entirely online. The goal of the program is to prepare students for administrative and management positions in sport-related fields. Graduates of the program often go on to pursue career opportunities in school sports, professional sports, college sports, sport events, government entities, and fitness organizations. Students enrolled in this program will take courses that explore topics such as organizational leadership, media and community relations, and applied research.

Evaluating Online Sports Management Degrees

Online sports management degrees are a trade off. On the one hand, you have a flexible schedule, no commute costs, and the chance to – digitally – meet people from all over the world. On the other hand, you don’t have the benefit of being on the ground near major sports teams, college athletics and other places where you can make professional connections.

The trick is to look for accredited schools that will help you arrange that all-important internship. Sports management is about who you know, so make sure your program is ready to help.

We recommend schools with:

  • Regional accreditation
  • COSMA accreditation (optional)
  • Business school accreditation
  • Strong “brick and mortar” reputation (e.g. top school rankings, excellent research centers and distinguished alumni)
  • Programs that arrange real-world internships, practicums and/or capstone projects in your local area
  • Great online rankings in U.S. News & World Report
  • The same experienced faculty who teach on-campus courses teaching online
  • Dedicated distance learning support services
  • Verifiable job placement figures and low attrition rates

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